Injuries from Fire Take 13-year-old’s Life

Amal Shaibi. Photo by Leah Alviar, via SFGate.com

Last week’s fire at Treat and 24th Street has claimed another life. Neighbors and family have confirmed the death of Amal Shaibi, the 13-year-old daughter of the family of five whose home burned in last week’s blaze.

Shaibi passed away last night in San Francisco General Hospital after succumbing to her injuries from the lethal fire. This past weekend, injuries sustained during the fire also took the life of her father, Mohamed Shaibi, who was 38 years old.

The family of five was taken to the hospital after a two-alarm fire struck their second-story apartment on Treat and 24th Streets. The father and his daughter were taken to San Francisco General Hospital for their injuries. Amal had been in a coma, and was in critical condition before she passed away last night.

Carolyn Deevy, a staffer at the nonprofit Mission Education Project across the street from the Shaibi family’s home, worked with Amal and remembers the young girl with fondness.

“What a beautiful soul, so sweet, gentle, bright, lovable,” wrote Deevy in an email to Mission Local. “She will be deeply missed by all of us who knew her. She played soccer and football with the MEPI [Mission Education Project, Inc.] group at Garfield Park nearby, taught by the SF Police Department Athletic League and some of the officers at that station.”

Deevy said Shaibi was a particular fan of 49ers Colin Kaepernick, and designed a model float inspired by the quarterback for a Mission Education Project’s Mardi Gras event.

“She was a very special person,” said Deevy.

Shaibi’s mother and her two sons, ages 6 and 16 years old, were taken to Saint Francis Hospital and, according to a neighbor, have now been released. The mother is still recovering and is currently in a wheelchair due to her injuries.

The owners of Praxis Art space have set up a donation box for the Shaibi family at 3047 24th Street.

Readers with any memories of Amal Shaibi they’d like to contribute to this story, can send us their thoughts at info@missionlocal.com. We’ll update this post as warranted. 

Neighbors have been stopping by to leave flowers on the gate of the store below the apartment that caught in flames two weeks ago. Photo by Andrea Valencia.

Neighbors have been stopping by to leave flowers on the gate of the store below the apartment that caught fire two weeks ago. Photo by Andrea Valencia.

Amal Shaibi with her Colin Kaepernick float. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Deevy.

Amal Shaibi with her Colin Kaepernick float. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Deevy.

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